Montgomery Gentry Leaves Label; Country Stars Donate Flood-Damaged Guitars; Warner Bros. to Release Songwriter Demos
- Montgomery Gentry has parted ways with its longtime label Columbia Records.
- Warner Brothers Nashville announced plans to release a double-disc collection titled Original Songwriter Demos, which is pretty self-explanatory, but some of the demos included are: “The Dance,” “The House That Built Me,” and “I Hope You Dance.”
- Gary Scruggs says his father is doing fine since his hospitalization Wednesday evening, but declined to give further details about any illness.
- In this week’s Nashville Skyline column, Chet Flippo profiles Marty Stuart‘s new album, Ghost Train:
This is the kind of album that no longer gets recorded in Nashville, and that’s a damn shame. Marty has had the glitter and the credibility to bridge the gap between trad country and Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood country, but he has somehow eluded crucial radio play in recent years. Perhaps he committed the ultimate sin of getting older.
- Texas Music Matters concluded its trip through the Cactus Cafe archives today with a performance of “The Wabash Cannonball” from Norman Blake.
- Kenny Chesney, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban are among a group of artists donating flood-damaged guitars and instruments to be auctioned for charity.
- Country California Fake News: Scientists Discover Drinkin’, Hillbilly Bones
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Margaret Moser on Horse Opera‘s recent release:
The easy two-step (“Save My Tears”) that kicks off Sounds of the Desert belongs more in neon honky-tonk than under a coyote moon. That’s okay, because Horse Opera’s country twang is designed to please dancers and pack dance floors. “3 to Closing,” “Devil You Love Best,” and “St. Cecilia” all wrap around Jimmy Deveney’s workingman delivery, the guy looking for fun and dance on Saturday night.
- CMT’s Craig Shelburne: 20 New Tunes for Adventurous Music Fans
- The Tennessean has video of Billy Currington talking about his favorite songs on his new album Enjoy Yourself.
- Dierks Bentley and Alison Krauss signed on to perform at the IMBA Awards, which already has a killer lineup of performers.
- Rosanne Cash listed her top ten songs about southern places for The Top 10 Blog.
- Craig Havighurst recapped Wednesday night’s Music City Roots program, which he says had a retro vibe with artists like Shotgun Party (MySpace), Andrew Combs (MySpace), Miss Tess and the Bon Ton Parade (MySpace), and Dale Watson (MySpace).
- Although the title track to Joey+Rory‘s album was co-written by Rory, it wasn’t originally intended for them:
Well the name comes from a song called “Album Number Two” that really talks about all the pressures put on artists when they have their sophomore release. The artist I originally wrote it for years ago never ended up recording the song, and Joey remembered it and said we should put it on our record – it worked and was a fun topic too.
In the liner notes of the album, Rory mentions that “Album Number Two” was written the same day as “A Little More Country Than That” — the song that launched Easton Corbin.
It took some prodding, but Jessie Scott convinced Ray Wylie Hubbard to preform “Screw You, We’re From Texas” for Music Fog during last week’s filming session.
- luckyoldsun: Jim Z-- I get the feeling Barry was this close to calling you what Kinky Friedman called his guy from El …
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...